This issue brief describes how unequal access to summer opportunities affects black males, the racialized and gender-specific obstacles that compromise black children’s summer learning, and specific steps to address the issue.
Because their summer opportunities are different, children in low-income families lose more than two months in reading achievement, while their middle-class peers make slight gains. About two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years. Because the reading gap in elementary school is particularly large for black males, and because black families are disproportionately lower-income, summer learning losses compound these young boys’ academic challenges and threaten their academic success.
The Race Matters Institute helps organizations develop policies, programs, practices, and protocols that achieve more equitable outcomes for all children, families, and communities.
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